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Behavior of Marine Fishes: Capture Processes and Conservation Challenges

Behavior of Marine Fishes: Capture Processes and Conservation Challenges

Pingguo He

ISBN: 978-0-470-96176-6

Jun 2011, Wiley-Blackwell

392 pages



Understanding fish behavior in relation to capture processes in marine fisheries is of fundamental importance to reducing bycatch and discards, and to enhancing marine fisheries conservation efforts.    A thorough understanding of this allows commercial fishers to more effectively capture target species while reducing the catch of unwanted species. Behavior of Marine Fishes: Capture Processes and Conservation Challenges provides the reader with principles, patterns, and characteristics on fish behavior and fish capture processes using several types of important commercial fishing gears. The book also highlights conservation challenges facing the marine capture fisheries in efforts to maintain sustainable use of marine resources and to reduce negative impacts to the marine ecosystem. This volume, with contributions from leading applied fish behaviorists and fishing gear technologists from around the world, will be a valuable reference for researchers, fishing gear technologists, fisheries managers, students, and conservationists.
Behavior of Marine Fishes: Capture Processes and Conservation Challenges (Editor: Pingguo He)

Preface (Clement S. Wardle).

Introduction (Pingguo He).

Part One: Locomotion and sensory capabilities in marine fishes.

Chapter 1: Swimming in marine fishes (John J. Videler and Pingguo He).

Chapter 2: Fish vision and its role in fish capture (Takafumi Arimoto, Christopher W. Glass and Xiumei Zhang).

Chapter 3: Hearing in marine fishes and its application in fisheries (Hong Young Yan, Kazuhiko Anraku and Ricardo P. Babaran).

Part Two: Fish behavior near fishing gears during capture processes.

Chapter 4: Fish behavior near bottom trawls (Paul D. Winger, Steve Eayrs and Christopher W. Glass).

Chapter 5: Fish behavior in relation to longlines (Svein Løkkeborg, Anders Fernö and Odd-Børre Humborstad).

Chapter 6: Fish pots: fish behavior, capture processes and conservation issues (Bjarti Thomson, Odd-Børre Humborstad and Dag M. Furevik).

Chapter 7: Large-scale fish traps: gear design, fish behavior and conservation challenges (Pingguo He and Yoshihiro Inoue).

Chapter 8: Fish behavior near gillnets: capture processes and influencing factors (Pingguo He and Michael Pol).

Chapter 9: Electric senses of fish and its application in marine fisheries (Hans Polet).

Part Three: Contemporary issues in capture and conservation in marine fisheries.

Chapter 10: Technical measures to reduce bycatch and discards in trawl fisheries (Norman Graham).

Chapter 11: Mortality of animals that escape fishing gears or are discarded after capture: Approaches to minimize mortality (Petri Suuronen and Daniel L. Erickson).

Chapter 12: Effect of trawling on the seabed and mitigation measures to reduce impact (Pingguo He and Paul D. Winger).

Chapter 13: Measures to reduce interactions of marine magafauna with fishing operations (Dominic Rihan).

“It is my hope that this book will stimulate continued technological advances, thereby reducing the destructive effects of commercial fishing.”  (The Quarterly Review of Biology, 1 March 2012)


  • Synthesis of current research and valuable knowledge that will help reduce bycatch and discards in commercial fisheries
  • Review of   basic fish behavioral principles and patterns and their relation to capture methods and conservation efforts
  • Contributions from leading international applied fish behaviorists and fishing gear technologists